Rhododendron schlippenbachii

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Rhododendron schlippenbachii Maxim.

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: obovate

Division: simple

Shape: cup-shaped
Fruit: septicidal capsule

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Ericanae
Ordo:
Ericales

Rhododendron schlippenbachii, commonly known as Schlippenbach's azalea, is a shrub.

Naming

Rhododendron schlippenbachii was described by Carl Johann Maximowicz. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Rhododendron schlippenbachii is a species in the genus Rhododendron which contains approximately 713 to 1538 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family). The type species of the genus is Rhododendron ferrugineum.

Characteristics

Rhododendron schlippenbachii - habitus
Rhododendron schlippenbachii - leaves
Rhododendron schlippenbachii - flowers

Growth

The shrubs are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 4 to 5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Rhododendron schlippenbachii is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are obovate, entire and petiolate. The leaves are around 5 to 20 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Rhododendron schlippenbachii produces umbels of pink cup-shaped flowers from April to May. The plants flower on last years shoots.

The shrubs produce septicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Rhododendron schlippenbachii is native to Japan, Korea and Northeast Manchuria.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

The ornamental value of Rhododendron schlippenbachii lies especially in its fragrance. Suited for rockeries and for hedges, as well as suited as cemetery plant, specimen plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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